Atlantic 10 Moving Hoops Tourney Out Of Brooklyn

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Say goodbye to Brooklyn and hello to … well, that’s to be determined. All we know for now is that the Atlantic 10 conference basketball tournament is being moved from the Barclays Center to an on-campus location.

“The challenges presented by COVID-19 and the ability to host this event on campus provides the league with operational efficiencies, established local health departments relationships, and a familiarity of conference COVID-19 protocols,” Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have first class arenas throughout the A-10, with strong administrative and operational staff on campus, giving the league numerous options for a member institution to host.”

The Atlantic 10 tourney is scheduled for March 10-14. A host among the 14 schools is expected to be announced soon.

VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin told Virginia’s WWBT-TV that the school has “a high level of interest” in hosting the men’s tournament.

“We will host the A-10 women’s tournament the prior week, so it makes a lot of sense for us to host both, given operational challenges in a COVID-19 world,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin and VCU undoubtedly have a shot. The other schools likely do, too. For now, all we know is someone will host, and it won’t be the Barclays Center.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,

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